Tuesday, September 1, 2015

First Week of School - Team Building

Wow! I can't believe the first week of school is "under my belt." We had a blast learning about one another. In my class, I always present our group as a family. We may be a little dysfunctional at times (ha), but we are still a family.

After learning more about one another, we discussed that throughout the year, we MUST work as a team. It's crucial for success! We had a blast working together stacking cups. Yes, stacking cups! Students had to manipulate a rubberband contraption in order to stack cups that matched my final goal (end goal was drawn on the board). No hands were allowed! Wait! What?

I observed minds thinking, groups strategizing and, unfortunately, some cups falling. Students got VERY creative when figuring out how to get the cups that had fallen on the floor back up and onto the desks. Even with cups falling, I continued to see serious concentration, teamwork, cheers, encouragement and many other positive team-building strategies and gestures. Love what I witnessed! After this activity, I had students share with me what they learned.  I heard over and over, "We had to cooperate and work together to be successful."  "One person couldn't dominate." So TRUE and well said!

This activity was not timed. I wanted students to take their time when working together to achieve their goal. However, now we're ready for a timed contest to see which group has the fastest time! This is a challenge that I can't wait to see. Which group will be the champion?

What do you do to initiate teamwork in your classroom? Would love to hear your ideas.

Until next time,

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